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Racing season brings Pletcher family back to area fishing holes

Last week, I took out some regular visitors to Saratoga Springs during the thoroughbred racing season to the upper Hudson River between Schuylerville and Stillwater, and it was four hours of action.

Sacandaga Park packed them in a century ago


Everyone from church groups to grocery store workers to local socialists visited Sacandaga Park near Northville a century ago.

If drug stores closed, space would fill up fast


A decade ago, we bemoaned the proliferation of small-box drugstores with drive-thrus, which seemed to have designs on every vacant street corner in the region.

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas will be on the Music Haven stage on Sunday.

Fillies could steal the show at Saratoga

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Fillies could steal the show at Saratoga

The queen was grouchy in her stall.

Sometimes, hunters need to take a stand

Once again, many New York State hunters (not all of us) are only thinking about what they hunt, ignoring other hunters dealing with anti-hunter pressure.

Spurs' Duncan chose a humble farewell

Spurs' Duncan chose a humble farewell

I wonder what Tim Duncan did on Monday.

New technology finds home on golf range

Scott Hoffman, owner of Northway Golf Center, knows his business must be constantly changing in order to keep a dwindling customer base happy.

Herrick likely to remain on GOP scene

In a small surprise in a year that’s been full of startling political developments, Saratoga County Republican Chairman John Herrick won’t be seeking re-election to that post.

Aviation pioneer Edward Heath conducted plane tests in Amsterdam area

Aviation pioneer Edward Heath conducted plane tests in Amsterdam area

Aviator Edward B. Heath tried to fly his first airplane at the Antlers golf course in Fort Johnson in 1910. The golf course is now called Rolling Hills.

Phone service decision on hold for now

Raise your hand if you still have a land-line telephone. I do, although I also carry a smartphone. Having both puts me in a demographic group that skews older.

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

Phish, one of our BIGGEST bands, played three giant shows last week; this week, five of our BEST bands play seven shows.

Lake George has some good salmon

Lake George has some good salmon

One of the best kept fishing secrets — the Atlantic landlocked salmon in Lake George — is probably less than an hour from your doorstep.

Cut Durant some slack for wanting a ring

Cut Durant some slack for wanting a ring

In the span of a few years, the Golden State Warriors have gone from irrelevant to the feel-good story of the NBA to the Evil Empire.

Middleburgh grad hoping to hit perfect note at Olympic Trials

Middleburgh grad hoping to hit perfect note at Olympic Trials

One of the beauties of jazz, to those whose ear is pulled to it, is that, at any moment, it can soar off in any direction.

Schenectady's Maurycy to be honored by NENYPGA

Schenectady's Maurycy to be honored by NENYPGA

Schenectady native John Maurycy won the Gazette County Amateur when he was just 16 years old, and that was only the beginning of a long and successful golf career that included stints as a well-known and respected club professional at two prestigious area courses.

Pair of historic, Spa City properties on the market

Pair of historic, Spa City properties on the market


Saratoga Springs is steeped in history, and a lot of it is up for sale right now, and with eye-popping price tags.

The legacy of Molly Brant

Molly Brant played an important role in Mohawk, American and Canadian history. Brant was born about 1736 and raised by Christian Mohawk parents who lived near Little Falls. Her life of influence began when she became the consort of British Indian agent Sir William Johnson.

Out-of- home ads thrive in ’Net age


It’s hard to imagine a medium unaffected by the Internet, but so-called out-of-home advertising — think billboards, bus wraps and ad kiosks in malls — can make that claim.

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival put 21 acts on two stages Saturday and Sunday, both perfect weather days, with free cookies. Crowds seemed smaller than usual, but typically mellow and friendly: a happy human rainbow that works every time.

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